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Sports Therapy - MSc

Why study this course?

Our Sports Therapy MSc course is designed for sports scientists and similar graduates who wish to learn clinical skills and apply their knowledge to a therapy setting. You'll learn how to diagnose and treat sports injuries and develop practical and clinical skills. Completing the course will make you eligible for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), which gives you licence to practice as a sports therapist.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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London Metropolitan University is proud to have been one of the first universities in the UK to develop this ground-breaking degree. The course answers the growing demand for professionals with sports-specific knowledge by equipping you with the tools necessary to become a professional sports therapist.

This MSc focuses on developing your ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries or dysfunction. It includes the development of practical, patient-handling and clinical decision-making skills.

Our University has a long history of teaching sports science and therapy courses and an excellent record of graduate employment in these fields. You’ll benefit from a range of specialist resources within our £30m Science Centre including a fully-functioning public clinic.

If you successfully complete the course you’ll be eligible for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), an organisation which strives to increase the levels of care provided for sports and recreational participants. By joining this society, you'll have access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through exclusive courses, workshops, conferences and other professional events.

Our excellent teaching staff include academic leader Nick Gardiner, who has written for a prestigious sports medicine publication.

Through access to these resources, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful sports therapist.

Assessment

A variety of methods will be used to assess your performance, including literature reviews, seminar presentations, written seminar papers, time-constrained assessments, practicals (including oral examinations) and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Successfully pass the course in order to become eligible for membership of the organisation.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in sports or exercise science (graduates with related degrees or other suitable qualifications will be considered on an individual basis)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module assesses the students’ practical ability to undertake a clinical examination and assessment for any common sports injury to the upper or lower limb. Students will develop critical awareness of current issues relating to sports injuries, epidemiology, and mechanisms of injury, as well as their clinical reasoning and critical application of an examination and assessment in a sports setting.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module encompasses a holistic approach to the prevention, assessment and management of sports injuries in a wide range of populations (including those with specific considerations). Clinical reasoning will be developed through the understanding and application of examination and assessment techniques, as well as a variety of issues in the sporting context.

    This module aims to provide the students with a level of knowledge and understanding appropriate to a Masters level Sports Therapist. This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of issues in sporting environments and application of their skills to special populations. This will enhance their ability to apply theory to practise and improve their employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of different analytical approaches to problems which will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software. The Physiology content introduces students to the responses to the body to acute and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with laboratory tests of physical performance to assess components of fitness and capacity for work and rehabilitation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and ability to develop and implement rehabilitation programmes to return athletes to full functional fitness. Students will develop a critical awareness of current trends in rehabilitation processes. Students will also develop an understanding of the application and use of taping and how it can be used to support a rehabilitation process.

    This module aims to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to plan, implement and deliver rehabilitation and remedial programmes suitable for the early, intermediate, late and functional stages of common sports injuries. The students will gain the knowledge to plan and implement a pre-discharge assessment for common sports injurie. The students will also gain knowledge of taping and be able to critically review its use. They will be able to apply the most common of taping procedures to support their work during placement hours.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module is intended to develop the practical skills to support therapy practice; including (but not limited to) Therapeutic Ultrasound and massage.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide the student with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply massage, and therapeutic ultrasound safely and effectively.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a substantial piece of research in one area of Sports Therapy & Exercise Science. The intention is to allow a thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in relation to sports or exercise science. The research will require either the empirical collection of data or an original secondary analysis of existing data. This module also provides an opportunity for critical reflection of the research topic and self-reflection of learning, studying and research skills and knowledge.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module is intended to develop the first aid practical skills is regards to both basic and advanced first aid. The module aims to develop on students previous experiences in first aid and/ or introduce the principle of first aid and trauma management which enable the student to deal with situations in different in a sport and exercise context. The module aims to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply first aid trauma and injury management safely and effectively.

    Students must pass all components to satisfy professional body requirements.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Students are required to undertake supervised clinical placement hours in order to gain eligibility for membership of the professional body. This module aims to provide the framework for students to undertake these hours and to support their development of professional skills in the working environment. The module also enables students to experience work with injured athletes in a variety of sports therapy environments. The module will run over the all three semesters and placement hours may be gained from the initial semester in order to spread the workload of students.
    The module aims are:
    To provide a framework for enhancing theoretical knowledge and applying professional principles for a sports therapist
    To provide an opportunity of working with injured athletes across a variety of sports therapy environments
    To familiarise students with the ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues associated with working as a sports therapist
    To promote the development of skills required of a sports therapist in the sports therapy environment

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

Many of our graduates work with professional, semi-professional and amateur sporting institutions. These include football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams as well as professional cyclists.

Roles have also been plentiful in other areas of private practice, such as sports therapy and rehabilitation services within health and leisure centres. You’ll also have the option to pursue further research.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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